Burst pipe affects bus route and closes school

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A burst pipe forced a primary school to close and bus route to divert.

St Kentigern’s Catholic Primary School, on Newton Drive, contacted families on Friday morning to notify them it was unable to open that day.

A burst pipe under Newton Drive caused loss of water supply, or low water pressure, for hundreds of people in the area including the school.

United Utilities was alerted to the problem shortly after 6am, and supplies to the majority of homes was restored by around 10am.

The 2 and 2C bus routes, which were due to divert from Newton Drive due to traffic light replacements on the road, have changed their routes earlier than scheduled due to the burst.

A spokesman for United Utilities said: “We had a burst pipe on a tenants water main on Newton Drive.

“Engineers are on site.

“We are sorry for any inconvenience caused to customers. It will be fixed by Friday evening.”

Services 2 and 2C will operate to Devonshire Square then divert via Whitegate Drive, Mere Road to the roundabout, Beech Avenue and then re-join Newton Drive and normal route.

This diversion will be operated in both directions until October 13.

A spokesman for Blackpool Transport said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these diversions.”